- The Writer - Ken Kwapis
- Directors – Jennifer Celotta & Paul Lieberstein
- A brief synopsis – Company picnic and everyone is there, including Holly. Michael gets to perform on stage with her, and it goes…awkwardly. Dwight brings his best friend, who really gives it to Angela, until Dwight puts an end to it. Charles cannot resist a few shots at Jim’s expense. Pam shows herself to be quite the volleyball player, until she gets injured. At the hospital, they find out more than they expected.
- The best line –
Dwight:I’m gonna say 30.Rolph: Ah, 40. Insect repellent, which we clearly need, reduces the effectiveness of SPF.
Dwight: Good point, but, thought of that already. Combination SPF/repellent.
Rolph: Woah. Homemade?
Dwight: Of course. You think the EPA would ever allow that much DEET? [both laugh]Dwight: (t0 camera) Rolph is my best friend. We met in a shoe store. I heard him asking for a shoe that could increase his speed and not leave any tracks.
- Next best line – Andy: [playing volleyball] Jim, come on! [Jim scores a point, Scranton cheers]
Charles: Look who just woke up! [laughs, scores a point on the next play] I’ve been up for a while.
Kevin: It’s six to six. It’s a nail-biter. [ball hits Kevin]
Angela: Kevin! Now it’s seven-six, or is that too much accounting for you?
Rolph: Here’s an accounting question for you: what does one fiance plus one lover equal? Answer: one whore.
Dwight: Okay, knock it off, Rolph.
Rolph: What? She is sitting there, casting aspersions-
Dwight: Rolph, please. I am asking nicely-
Rolph: No way! You don’t mean that!
Dwight: Rolph, leave it alone!
- The best moment – Any time Rolph is on the screen.
- The best storyline – Charles taking shots at Jim never gets old.
- Notable guest appearance – Amy Ryan’s Holly is back, for one episode. Rolph, played by James Urbaniak.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – Honestly, I am unsure how he was ever allowed on stage.
- Grade – A-
Nice season ender, with everyone getting time in the spotlight. Rolph’s inclusion is genius, and I hope for more of him in the future. Michael and Holly’s stage routine just did not work, but everything off stage did. The surprise at the end is a delightful precursor for the next season.
- The Writers – Warren Lieberstein & Halsted Sullivan
- Director – Randall Einhorn
- A brief synopsis – Michael still has rent paid on his MSPC closet and because of this, finds a new way to waste time, he implores the rest of the staff to follow him. Phyllis is nervous about her husband’s new secretary. Jim and Pam plan a special trip.
- The best line – Erin: Hi, guys. How you doing?
Dwight: Erin, how many times do I have to tell you? It is not necessary for you to ask us how we are doing every time you interact with us.
Erin: Right. I’m sorry.
Dwight: [sighs] Now, how can I help you?
Erin: Did somebody here leave a map in the printer to Youngstown, Ohio?
Dwight: Attention, office. Who here is planning a trip to Youngstown, Ohio? I will take your silence to mean that you are all hiding something. This location is the Superior Court -
Pam: So someone is going to a court. Big deal.
Dwight: It is a big deal. Cause there’s only a handful of reasons why someone would ever go to a courthouse in Ohio and not be charged with a crime. To claim an inheritance from a deceased relative. To obtain a learner’s permit at age 14 and a half instead of 15. Erin, let me see your birth certificate.
- The best moment – Dwight working on Phyllis’ back…and it helps.
- The best storyline – Phyllis’ concern about her husband’s new secretary.
- Notable guest appearance – Bob Vance’s new secretary, Erin’s friend and that’s about it.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? - This seems to be a consequence free zone.
- Grade – B
An average episode, at best, even though there are some good moments. The whole dancing thing is a crutch to get everybody some time. I love the way Angela is incorporated, though.
- The Writer - Anthony Q. Farrell
- Director – Brent Forrester
- A brief synopsis – The staff struggles with the concept of proper idea of casual dress. Michael is back and in a celebratory, and somewhat vengeful mood, and all the sales staff except Jim have a problem with this.
- The best line – Creed: So hey, I’m want to set you up with my daughter.
Jim: Oh, I’m engaged to Pam.
Creed: I thought you were gay.
Jim: Then why would you want to set me up with your daughter?
Creed: I don’t know.
- Next best line – Pam: [laughs] Boscov’s at the Steamtown Mall?
Phyllis: It sure looked good on the mannequin.
Pam: Well, you have good taste.
Phyllis: Well, thanks. I sure wish I had more time to talk to my clients, though.
Phyllis: Isn’t that what you said to a bunch of my clients when you were stealing them? That I didn’t have enough time for them?
Pam: Oh, I, um…
Phyllis: Close your mouth, sweetie. You look like a trout.
- The best moment – Meredith’s casual attire confrontation. The horror.
- The best storyline – Michael’s favoritism of his two MSPC compadres was really well written, but so was the rest of the episode.
- Notable guest appearance – None
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – I don’t think so. This was really well written.
- Grade – A
Excellent episode with many great moments. To top it off, it was logical as well as funny. Everyone gets a chance to shine. This is another example of why it’s the best show on TV. I love all of the scenes Erin is in. She is a highlight.
- The Writer – Charlie Grandy
- Director - Steve Carell
- A brief synopsis – Michael is losing money in a big way with the new company. Dunder Mifflin is losing clients fast. Something’s got to give. The staff scrambles to get their expense reports in on time as Angela cracks down on company policy.
- The best line – Charles: The conference room is ready if we want to get started.
David: You know, I just want to address everyone first.
Charles: Oh yeah, take your time. Stanley, pay attention.
David: Hi, everyone.
David: Hi. Uh, look it’s no secret–
David: Hello. Uh, it is no secret that Michael Scott Paper has siphoned off a large chunk of our core business. And I’m here– I just want to assure everyone that we think this is just a temporary setback.
Phyllis: Maybe, and I don’t know, if you had just returned Michael’s call none of us would’ve lost clients.
David: I’ve been wondering that myself lately. We’re just gonna get started, we’re gonna figure this out. Rest assured. Jim, can you come in with us please?
Charles: Uh, Jim hold on. [whispers] You know, David, uh, Dwight’s been my guy. Okay?
Charles: Yeah, Jim–
David: I find that extraordinarily surprising.
Charles: He shows promise and Jim, I don’t know– I– he’s been a disappointment.
David: We’ll bring them both in.
Charles: Okay, great. Uh, Dwight come on in. Also, Jim.
Dwight: Come along, afterthought.
- The best moment – Michael’s bargaining ability. Awesome.
- The best storyline – Jim vs. Dwight. Charles ends up looking like an ass. ”No, Jim. I use a bad apiarist.”
- Next best storyline – The Koreans that keep getting in the delivery van.
- Notable guest appearance – The Koreans, of course.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – Unlikely he would have won this way, but it was valiant.
- Grade – A+
A marvelous payoff to the quitting arc. The whole set put the show back on track in the best way. The best thing about the whole event, is adding Erin. David Wallace has also been shown to be a remarkable asset to the show, as well, especially when shown in contrast with Charles.
- The Writers – Ryan Koh
- Director - Ken Whittingham
- A brief synopsis – Dwight moves from ally to nemesis for Michael when Charles shows an interest in his performance. Jim lets Andy believe that he is listening to Andy’s relationship advice.
- The best line - Andy: What was up with Pam being all pushy and negative in there?
Jim: I think she just didn’t want a crucifix cake.
Andy: It scares me to see you going down a road that I went down.
Jim: Am I going down a road?
Andy: When I see her bossing you around like that, it just makes me wonder if this thing really has the legs to go the distance.
Jim: It’s so scary how right the things you’re saying are. And you’re coming at it with almost no knowledge, so of course I trust your opinion on this.
- Next best line – Michael: What is that thing that Dwight always says? Paper is the soil in which the seeds of business grow?
Dwight: It’s not the soil! It’s the manure! Paper is the manure! On-time delivery is the soil! Aah! [runs into office]
- The best moment – Dwight’s spin move on Schofield’s secretary.
- The best storyline – Dwight versus Michael, especially the end at Schofield’s office with the notes on the cards..
- Notable guest appearance – Mr. Schofield.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – I think he got off light for getting information from Dwight.
- Grade – A-
Michael and Dwight’s competition is goofy, but with great moments. Andy and Jim’s deal plays out a little soon. A somewhat myopic episode in its scope, but good, nonetheless.
- The Writer – Justin Spitzer
- Director – Gene Stupnitsky
- A brief synopsis - Michael sends out several hundred invitations to a pancake party to drum up business. Pam and Ryan battle it out to see who can act least like an administrative assistant. Jim is sent to squirming as Charles sets him to task to create a “roundup” of clients. New administrative assistant Kelly, ne’ Erin, becomes the target of affection for new best friends Dwight and Andy
- The best line –
Kelly:So. I thought we could take the customer on a… Then. Then we could…Jim: You realize you’re not actually talking to me, right?
Charles: Hey Kelly?
Kelly: Yes? Charles, you wanted me?
Charles: Oh, I meant, I meant that Kelly. [New receptionist walks in]Jim: The new receptionist is also named Kelly. So Kelly Kapoor has decided to hover around my desk, so that she can run into his Charles’ office every time he calls for Kelly. She thinks if she says “You wanted me” enough, he will in fact want her. It’s not the worse plan she’s ever had.Charles: Oh, and Kelly…
Kelly: Yes Charles? Yes, you wanted me?
Charles: Okay, I’m gonna call you Kapoor, okay? And you, Hannon.
Erin: If we’re changing names, can I be Erin? It’s my middle name.
Charles: Erin. Okay, that’s very pretty.
Kelly: Well you know what my middle name is? Rajani Ghana! And I hate it! I hate it!
Kevin: I thought Rajini Ghanda was a boy’s name?
- The best moment – Kelly, I mean Erin is here!
- The best storyline – The rundown.
- Notable guest appearance – Ellie Kemper, as Erin, will forever change the show for the better.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – n/a
- Grade – A
This is the landmark episode that gives us Erin, the poor, adopted, sensitive and kooky receptionist that makes Andy into the wonderful character he is. Starting it off with a competition with his new best friend is great. Charles continues to wonderfully push Jim’s buttons. Ryan is great as an unrepentant loser who refuses to see the light.
- The Writer – B.J. Novak
- Director – Paul Feig
- A brief synopsis – Michael and Pam start out the Michael Scott paper company. Day 1 starts like you would expect, French toast and no underwear. By the end of the day, he has picked up Ryan and a new place to hold business, in the same building as Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Meanwhile, Jim is stuck with Charles, having to pretend he likes soccer to make an impression.
- The best line – Charles: What about you, Jim? You a fan of the game?
Jim: Uh, no. Nope. Not really.
Charles: Well, it’s not for everybody I suppose. [Andy laughs]
Jim: It’s ’cause I’m more of a player.
Jim: You bet.
Dwight: Really, Jim? I had no idea you played soccer. ‘Cause you never, ever talk about it.
Jim: Well I do.
Jim: I play.
Dwight: You can be so modest sometimes.
Jim: Well, maybe you should get back to work.
Dwight: Maybe you and Charles should kick the soccer ball around.
Jim: Maybe we will someday.
Dwight: Maybe you will tonight after work. What do you say?
Charles: That’s a great idea, Dwight.
Dwight: Great ideas are just part of what I bring to the table.
Dwight: I don’t try and be anything that I’m not.
Charles: What do you say, Jim? Huh? Wanna play some soccer?
Dwight: Jim, what do you say?
Angela: Sounds fun.
Andy: I’m in it to win.
Dwight: Game on!
Charles: Okay. See you on the field, there, bro.
Jim: Let’s… eh… see ya.
Charles: See you on the field. Ha, ha. I can’t wait!
- The best moment – Jim ducks and Phyllis gets a soccer ball in the face.
- The best storyline – I love seeing Jim squirm in the wake of Michael’s absence.
- Notable guest appearance – Jim’s Nana, and his buddy from his telemarketer days.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – n/a
- Grade - A-
I love seeing Ryan giving out shoes in the bowling alley. This is a realistically awkward portrayal that benefits from Pam being part of the mix. Ryan, in his new form as sycophant weasel is adorable. It is Dwight thriving (very subtly) in Jim’s misery over Charles that takes the cake, however.
- The Writers - Aaron Shure
- Director – Paul Lieberstein
- A brief synopsis – Michael is waiting out his two weeks notice, and by working, we mean drinking, messing around, beginning to formulate his own company. The latter of which gets him ushered out the door with nothing. When he tries to come back in and convince some folks to come with him. He gets one taker to leave. Pam takes on the challenge of getting a copier to work, and succeeds, but realizes its significance.
- The best line – Kelly: So you should be heading back to your desk.
Angela: Okay. Bye Charles. Well you’ll let me know. Good bye.
Kelly: She’s such a special person. And she’s turning 50 this year.
- The best moment – Dwight and Michael compete for excuses on why not to join together in business.
- The best storyline – Michael starting a company in a failing industry.
- Notable guest appearance – None
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? - He did.
- Grade – A-
Good momentum here, watching Michael start meandering his way into the future. Jim is still getting ridden by Charles, and still being competed for by Angela and Kelly. Watching Dwight step away from Michael is sweet, after all the years of being stepped on.
- The Writers – Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky
- Director - Paul Feig
- A brief synopsis – David Wallace hires a new VP for the Northeast region, Charles Miner, from outside the company and uses him to act as a buffer between Wallace and Michael, but his abrasive style wears thin fast. Angela and Kelly fall for Charles big time. Jim, wearing a tux to annoy Dwight, gets under Charles’ skin.
- The best line – Dwight: Oh, here’s one: a string quartet, playing classy-cal music. [Jim grimaces]
Michael: [watches Jim grimace, copies him] You know, that’s good but it’s not classy. I-I need something classy like the opening of a car dealership.
Jim: That’s it. Or Mr. Peanut.
Dwight: Mr. Peanut is not classy.
Michael: He is.
Dwight: He is a regular peanut. He just happens to have a cane, a monocle and a top hat.
Michael: That’s what makes him classy.
Dwight: Ok, how about this? An ice sculpture, shaped like you, covered in chocolate-covered strawberries.
Jim: Oh, Dwight, you’re trying too hard, and that’s just not classy. You see, the thing about classy is it’s a state of mind.
Dwight: Well, I’m sorry, I just don’t know what classy is then.
Jim: Ok, well let’s just try this one on for size. And I apologize because it’s right off the top of my head: an ice sculpture. Of you. Completely surrounded by a variety of chocolate-covered fruits.
Jim: That’s inspired.
Dwight: I said that! [storms out, slams door behind him]
Pam: Not classy.
Michael: Not classy at all.
Jim: De class.
Michael: French. Classy.
- The best moment – When Charles explains to Jim that his position is non-existent: ironic echo from the past.
- The best storyline – Charles really making Jim sweat.
- Notable guest appearance – Idris Elba, perfectly cast as Charles Miner.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – I think it played out well.
- Grade – A
Good episode that really shook up the series (thank God). Charles Miner does a perfect job of not getting it, and the rest of the staff are perfectly on cue. Quitting speech is about what one would expect from Michael. Jim is in the perfect tight spot.
- The Writer – Mindy Kaling
- Director - Randall Einhorn
- A brief synopsis – Michael starts out with a good idea and he nearly cripples the company when they all end up in the same order, which is the biggest customer they have. He tries to get Dwight to take the blame, and when he finally does, something unexpected occurs. Kevin, meanwhile, has to battle unwanted advice from Andy, Pam and Jim.
- The best line – David: I just want to say that this golden ticket idea is one of the most brilliant signs of initiative I have ever seen at this company and how about a big round of applause for Mr. Dwight Schrute? [everyone starts clapping]
David: Alright Dwight. This is huge.
Dwight: That’s what she said! [David laughs]
Michael: Hey, Dwight, great idea. Dwight, Dwight, great idea. How’d you come up with that idea?
Michael: Really? How did– how are you inspired? How did it pop into your head Dwight?
Dwight: [same time as Michael] You never know when it’s gonna strike. Just… boom.
Michael: Give me the details of how that happened.
Jim: You, you are taking about Dwight Schrute. The biggest Wonka fan I know. I mean, you’ve been talking about that movie for years.
Jim: And you know what? I even made fun of you when you dressed up as Willy Wonka to pitch this idea and for that I apologize.
Dwight: Apology rejected.
Pam: [going up to give Dwight a hug] Thanks for much for helping the company, Dwight.
Dwight: Oh Pam.
Creed: Good work, kid.
Dwight: Thanks old man.
- The best moment – Dwight gets credit…and takes it.
- The best storyline – The main storyline really worked here. I like seeing Michael get screwed when he tries to screw Dwight.
- Notable guest appearance – Lynn, again, although I don’t think she lasts much longer.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – David Wallace’s solution to just forget it all kind of works here.
- Grade – A
Gloriously written episode that plays Michael for the fool, but does not give Dwight too much rein. Nice to see Jim serious about work for a change. Kevin is so sensitive and such a sleaze, he is brilliantly portrayed here, as is poor Andy.